Mark Morris (ice hockey)
March 31, 1958|
Massena, NY, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)|
Dallas Black Hawks (CHL)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1985–1988||St. Lawrence (assistant)|
|2003||Vancouver Canucks (assistant)|
|2003–2004||Saginaw Spirit (assistant)|
|2004–2006||Northwood School Prep|
|2014–2015||Florida Panthers (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1991 ECAC Hockey Regular Season |
1991 ECAC Hockey Tournament
1993 ECAC Hockey Tournament
1995 ECAC Hockey Regular Season
1997 ECAC Hockey Regular Season
1999 ECAC Hockey Regular Season
1999 ECAC Hockey Tournament
2001 ECAC Hockey Regular Season
|1991 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year|
2001 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
Morris played four seasons (1981 – 1984) of professional hockey, mostly with the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he scored 9 goals and 33 assists for 42 points, with 146 penalty minutes, in 156 AHL games played.
Following his playing career, Morris turned to coaching and found his way to Clarkson. He became the Golden Knights most successful coach winning more games, regular season titles, tournament titles and reaching more NCAA tournaments than anyone in school history.
In November 2002, Morris was fired three games into the 2002-03 season following an on-ice incident with one of his own players. Clarkson president Denny Brown said that in light of both the incident and Morris' refusal to take part in an internal investigation that had taken place, Clarkson had no choice but to fire Morris immediately.
In professional hockey, Morris began his professional coaching career under Marc Crawford, serving from February 2003 to April 2003 as the Special Assistant Coach/Interim Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. Then, after a two-year stint at a prep school in Lake Placid, Morris landed a job with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League in 2006. He spent eight years as head coach, compiling a record of 339-223-67, making him the only coach in history with over 300 wins in both the college and professional ranks.
In 2016 Morris returned to the college game, taking over at St. Lawrence, which is less than 10 miles from Clarkson University, and attempted to try and continue the success he had in the 1990s. After a good first season Morris found himself mired in an NCAA investigation that alleged multiple serious rules violations but after three months he was cleared on all but one minor infraction. In his third season Morris posted the second-worst record in program history, including the most losses for any Saints team, and was unsurprisingly fired at the end of the postseason.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC Hockey) (1988–2003)|
|1990–91||Clarkson||29–9–2||15–5–2||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1992–93||Clarkson||20–10–5||12–6–4||t-3rd||NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals|
|1993–94||Clarkson||20–9–5||13–5–4||2nd||ECAC Third Place Game (Win)|
|1994–95||Clarkson||23–10–4||14–5–3||1st||NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals|
|1995–96||Clarkson||25–10–3||16–4–2||2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1996–97||Clarkson||27–10–0||17–5–0||1st||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1997–98||Clarkson||23–9–3||16–4–2||2nd||NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals|
|1998–99||Clarkson||25–11–1||18–4–0||1st||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1999–00||Clarkson||17–15–3||9–8–3||t-4th||ECAC Four vs. Five|
|2001–02||Clarkson||17–15–6||11–6–5||2nd||ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)|
|2002–03 †||Clarkson||0–3–0 †||0–1–0 †|
|St. Lawrence Saints (ECAC Hockey) (2016–present)|
|2016–17||St. Lawrence||17–13–7||12–6–4||4th||ECAC Quarterfinals|
|2017–18||St. Lawrence||8–27–2||3–18–1||12th||ECAC First Round|
|2018–19||St. Lawrence||6–29–2||3–17–2||12th||ECAC First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
† Morris was fired mid-season 
- "Clarkson Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- "College hockey: SLU head coach Morris cleared of nearly all improprieties". Watertown Daily Times. February 7, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
- "St. Lawrence Fires Mark Morris". College Hockey news. March 29, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
- "Mark Morris Year-by-Year Coaching Record". USCHO.com. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
- "2013–14 Clarkson hockey Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014.